AIRMAIL CREATES AN INDUSTRY:
Turning it Over
Colonial Air Transport received Contract Airmail
Route (CAM) #1, between Boston, Massachusetts and New York,
New York. Colonial Air Transport began operation on July 1,
1926, carrying mail and passengers in single engine Fokker
Universal aircraft. Colonial was organized in 1923, originating
as a Connecticut charter service. The company reorganized
in 1925 in preparation for airmail contracts.
Robertson Aircraft Corporation received CAM
#2, between Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. The
company was founded in 1921 by brothers Major William B. and
Frank Robertson. They began service on March 15, 1926.
Air Transport received CAM #3, between Chicago, Illinois and
Dallas, Texas. The company carried mail on single engine Curtiss
Carrier Pigeons, beginning their service on March 12, 1926.
Western Air Express, Inc. received CAM #4 between
Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California. Western
Air Express was founded by Harris Harshue, with financing
from Harry Chandler, owner of the Los Angeles Times.
The group bid on and received CAM #4, opening their service
on April 14, 1926.
Walter T. Varney received CAM #5 between Elko,
Nevada and Pasco, Washington. Walter Varney, the successful
bidder on CAM #5, had previously operated an aerial field
service over San Francisco Bay. Varney began operation on
April 6, 1926.
Contract Air Mail Routes #6 (Detroit, Michigan
– Chicago, Illinois) and #7 (Detroit, Michigan –
Cleveland, Ohio) were actually put into operation before the
first five routes. It began on February 15, 1926.
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